Hymn to Love, a unique one-woman homage to Edith Piaf starring Olivier nominee Elizabeth Mansfield, transferred last week to London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, where it’s racked another set of rave reviews. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite highlights below – plus the stunning new show trailer. Time to get booking – it’s on until 18 August 2018 only!
Hymn to Love centres on one particular incident in Piaf’s life, which came to express all of her loss and longing: the death of her lover, Marcel Cerdan, killed in a plane crash on his way to watch her sing. She heard the news of his death whilst rehearsing for the show, but went on stage anyway, dedicating her performance to him.
Charting the incident and its effects through different times in her life, Hymn to Love interweaves performances of fifteen of Piaf’s most famous, instantly recognisable songs spanning a three-decade career, to create an emotionally charged and deeply moving piece of theatre.
Mansfield co-devised the show, first seen in 1998, with husband Steve Trafford, who wrote the play and translated the songs into English, giving a rare chance to hear the passion and poetry of Piaf’s music. The show is co-produced by Theatre by the Lake and York Theatre Royal in association with Ensemble and directed by Damian Cruden, York Theatre Royal’s artistic director.
Hymn to Love runs from 25 July to 18 August 2018 at the Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £30 (concessions £20). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
This is a v rare opportunity for a new perspective on Piaf thru her signature songs… sung in English. pic.twitter.com/FLUgFdACR3
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) July 28, 2018